The balancing act required for improving racing at Indy
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The balancing act required for improving racing at Indy

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Calls for an improvement in the racing spectacle at the Indianapolis 500 have been met with small aerodynamic tweaks from IndyCar on superspeedways. But where such high speeds are involved, even minor adjustments require significant planning

IndyCar's re-introduction of a universal aerokit in 2018 saw the aesthetic appeal of the series take a monumental leap forward, and also brought an end to the days of countless meaningless passes in the Indianapolis 500.

All the 500s staged in the DW12 era - between 2012 and 2014 with its standard aerokit, and 2015-2017 with the ugly manufacturer kits - were entertaining, without question. But the cars ran in packs, and the passes looked too easy: the guy in front - providing he didn't throw a vicious block - pretty much had to give way to his challenger.

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